BMW reassesses Mini demand

DETROIT — Despite high demand and record sales for the small, fuel-saving Mini hatchback, BMW is unlikely to approve an increase in production for the United States in the near term, Tom Kowaleski, BMW's North American vice president of corporate communications, told Automotive News. Mini dealers had just 1,051 cars in inventory as of July 1, a five-day supply. Kowaleski said here last week that marketing officials are working on a new U.S. forecast to gauge long-term demand before lobbying BMW to boost production.

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